In the wake of Phil Berger's attempt to use those 45,000 unemployed hostages to promote his own Senate Budget, House Speaker Tillis appears to be on the verge of introducing a new bill, also tied to a Continuing Resolution, that includes a provision allowing those unemployed to receive the Federal funds that never should have been held back in the first place.
That's three times the Republicans have used these unfortunate folks as pawns in their little-boy games, and that should be plastered above the fold of every NC newspaper worth its salt. Ink. Whatever.
Don't have all the details yet, but I'll try to update as the day goes on. But from the little I've seen so far, the supposed "compromise" this new bill contains is no compromise at all: Reducing the duration of the CR to 3-6 months will still result in the laying off of state employees/teachers by the thousands. And that 3-6 months is just enough time for many of them to join the ranks of the foreclosed.
This effort should be seen for what it is: Simply a continuation of the hostage crisis, and a flat-out refusal to allow a stand-alone UI benefits bill to reach the floor.